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9 Key Elements: Delivering an Effective New-Student Orientation Program (EDU751U)

Presented by: Joe Cuseo
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Learn How to Provide New Students with "Just-in-Time" Information That They Are "Ready to Learn" To Meet Their Current Needs.

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"It's best to view pre-term orientation as the first stage in a multi-stage sequence of orientation opportunities for delivering timely, manageable information to new students throughout their critical first term—perhaps analogous to a time-released capsule that doesn't release medication into the bloodstream all at once, but in small, manageable doses."

New-student orientation embodies the retention-promoting principle of proactive support. An effective orientation program has the potential to exert significant impact on retention by (a)  fostering students' social integration into the college community, (b) delivering timely need-based information that facilitates students' transition to higher education, (c) building students' enthusiasm for the college experience in general, and (d) increasing students' commitment to the particular institution they've chosen to attend.

An effective orientation program is especially critical to the persistence of first-generation college students. Even if these students are academically prepared, they are at higher risk for attrition because they lack the "college knowledge" and "social capital" available to students from families whose members have college experience and can supply familial guidance on how to successfully navigate the postsecondary system. New-student orientation can play a key role in supplying these students with the college knowledge and social capital they need to succeed in higher education.

One historic criticism of new-student orientation programs is that they try to cover too much too soon--delivered in the form of one long commercial delivered by a series of "talking heads"-- who attempt to squeeze in everything that students should know and do to be successful in college, or use orientation as an advertising tool to plug their own programs or personal agenda.

Orientation should provide new students with "just-in-time" information they're "ready to learn" because it can be applied to meet their current needs; it shouldn't overwhelm students with "information overload" that results in disorientation rather than orientation. Instead of trying to cover everything, orientation should uncover the most important things that beginning students need to know at that point in time. Information relating to issues that they will encounter at later stages in their college experience (e.g., time management, study habits, academic resources) may be more effectively delivered later in the term through co-curricular workshops or an extended orientation course (a.k.a. first-year seminar of first-year experience course) when these issues are more likely to be encountered and when students are more likely to be receptive to learning about them.

Join expert speaker Joe Cuseo, in this informative webinar to learn about the nine key properties and principles of high-impact orientation programs, and illustrate how each of them can be put into practice to strengthen students' prospects for success.

Joe will shed light on practical strategies relating to the following nine elements of a comprehensive orientation program, along with ideas regarding the roles that faculty, staff, and administrators can play to ensure effective delivery of each of these elements:

1. Required Participation
2. Personal Validation
3. Timely Information
4. Engaging Delivery of Information
5. Social Integration
6. College Inspiration & Institutional Identification
7. Program Customization for Different Student Populations
8. Family Participation
9. Program Evaluation

Benefits of the session:

  • Learn about both the content of orientation (the what of it) and the process of orientation (the how of it).
  • Besides the information provided via PowerPoint slides, participants will receive extensive supplementary materials/manuscripts containing supporting research and additional strategies relating to major ideas presented during the session
  • Get an institutional self-assessment inventory for evaluating the efficacy and comprehensiveness of its orientation program

Who should attend

  • Academic affairs administrators
  • Student affairs administrators
  • Faculty
  • Academic advisors
  • Learning support professionals
  • Student development (student service) professionals
  • HR Professionals
About Our Speaker(s)

Joe Cuseo | Student Success &  Retention SpeakerJoe Cuseo
Joe Cuseo holds a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology and Assessment from the University of Iowa and is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Marymount College (California)-where for more than 25 years he directed the first-year seminar-a core course required of all new students.  He is a 14-time recipient of the ... More info

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